Actuarial ScienceCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

The work of an actuary typically involves analyzing the various contingencies (birth, death, marriage, retirement, sickness and losses due to accidents or negligence) that individuals and organizations face and their impact on the types of financial security arrangements, both public and private.

A creative aspect of actuarial work lies in the forecasting of events.

Actuaries are frequently called upon to make decisions that affect the fiscal soundness of financial security programs well into the future.

When you major in actuarial science, your core classes will include:

  • a complete calculus sequence
  • courses in statistics and probability

You will also take courses in:

  • Financial Mathematics
  • Life Contingencies
  • Risk Theory
  • Actuarial Applications in Practice

And, options to take courses in:

  • Credibility Theory
  • Survival Models
  • Property Casualty Actuarial Science

Career Opportunities

As an actuarial science major, you will use your skills to design, price and value financial security systems such as insurance and retirement plans.

Nebraska graduates have obtained jobs with insurance companies and actuarial consulting firms throughout the United States and beyond.

Recent graduates have taken positions in:

  • Lincoln
  • Omaha
  • Des Moines
  • Kansas City
  • Chicago
  • New York City

The NEBRASKA difference

The UNL Actuarial Science program is recognized as a Center of Actuarial Excellence by the Society of Actuaries. Being in the first group of schools awarded this prestigious designation emphasizes the programs strong academic curriculum, tenured faculty, connections with industry, and high quality graduates produced each year.

Our Actuarial Science Program is a part of the Finance Department in the College of Business Administration. We offer all undergraduate courses to majors/minors in both the College of Business and the College of Arts and Sciences.

Internships / Clubs

All actuarial science students are encouraged to join the UNL Actuarial Science Club, and actively participate in its activities.

The purposes of the club are to:

  • provide students with a better understanding of the actuarial profession and the types of employment available in an actuarial career
  • promote actuarial science in educational institutions
  • assist students in preparing for the professional actuarial examinations
  • foster close relationships among students in the common pursuit of an actuarial career

In addition, the club regularly participates in service activities such as Relay for Life and the Big Event.

Alumni / Faculty


All actuarial science faculty members have both actuarial and academic credentials.

Faculty members have received awards and special recognition for their outstanding teaching and contributions to students, as well as their contributions to the actuarial profession.

Faculty members have also served in leadership positions in the actuarial profession.


Alumni and friends of UNL's actuarial science program have contributed, both financially and in an advisory capacity through the advisory board.

Alumni and friends also contribute significantly to the actuarial profession through service on various committees like:

  • the American Academy of Actuaries
  • the Casualty Actuarial Society
  • the Society of Actuaries
  • Board officer positions


The Actuarial Science Program provides supplemental academic support through a corps of actuarial science student tutors who meet students in the actuarial science tutor room.